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To JOIN The Dark Brotherhood you’ll have to do a miscellaneous quest first entitled “Talk to Aventus Arentino”. To GET that quest you need to first travel to the town of RIFTEN (any carriage can take you there), then as you enter the town a man maned Maul will stop you. You can talk to HIM about The Dark Brotherhood and he’ll mention a local young boy, Aventus Aretino, who ran away and is trying to get their attention.

You can also get this quest by hearing about young Aventus while in a town or tavern. It’s pretty hard NOT to get this quest, really…

To find Aventus, head to the city of Windhelm. There follow the quest marker to find the Aretino Residence. Young Aventus is chanting the dark sacrament over and over: "Sweet mother, sweet mother, send your child unto me for the sins of the unworthy must be baptized in blood and fear."

Ugh, how creepy! Talk to him and he’ll assume you’re a brotherhood assassin. This will complete that miscellaneous quest and start the quest “Innocence Lost”.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB 360, XB One
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    11 November 2021
  • Last Updated
    7 November 2021
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Greg Wright

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Skyrim is the homeland of the Nords, a fierce and proud warrior people who are well suited for the bitter cold and mountainous terrain which defines the land. Now scarred by civil war, Skyrim faces its darkest days with the return of the legendary dragons and their leader, the World-Eater Alduin. The future of Skyrim and even the lands beyond hangs in the balance, as the people await the prophesized Dragonborn, a hero born with the power of The Voice and the only one who can contend with the dragons. You are that Dragonborn; your task is to investigate why the dragons are returning, and discover a way to defeat them. At the same time, you’re free to explore Skyrim at your own pace, uncovering its many wonders along the way.

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